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Papers of John Tanfield

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10386

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Papers of John R. Tanfield, amateur actor, makeup artist, producer and director in Cambridge and several provincial theatres including in York, Newcastle and Wolverhampton. He studied at Sloane School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and was later history master at the Perse School in Cambridge. Tanfield was a member of the Marlowe Society and the ADC committee.

Comprises mainly theatre programmes including productions of the ADC, the Marlowe Society, Cambridge Arts Theatre and further afield in York, Newcastle and Wolverhampton, including both productions in which Tanfield participated and those which he attended. The main venues represented include the Apollo, Hammersmith and Duchess theatres in London, the Northampton Repertory Theatre, the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton and the Playhouse in Newcastle. Together with: copies of the Granta, the Caian and other offprints; occasional newspaper cuttings; occasional letters, including wartime correspondence to Egypt; booklets and offprints relating to art, engraving and film programmes, particularly the Cambridge Film Society; a small number of black-and-white photographs; card for 'John Tanfield | The Repertory Theatre Northampton'; three photograph albums, two of which appear to have belonged to his mother, Edith Tanfield; framed cartoon or caricature of Tanfield, portrait photograph of Tanfield, framed photograph of [?] Tanfield in production and framed photograph of [?] [parents].

There is a basic box listing for the collection.


  • Creation: c. 1919 - 1960s


0.083 cubic metre(s) (8 archive boxes)

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Collection level description and box list compiled by Daniel Kent in June 2022.

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Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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